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Six essays by artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky on how education can foster inventiveness, paired with commentary by Minsky's former colleagues and students. Marvin Minsky was a pioneering researcher in artificial intelligence whose work led to both theoretical and practical advances. His work was motivated not only by technological advancement but also by the d Six essays by artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky on how education can foster inventiveness, paired with commentary by Minsky's former colleagues and students. Marvin Minsky was a pioneering researcher in artificial intelligence whose work led to both theoretical and practical advances. His work was motivated not only by technological advancement but also by the desire to understand the workings of our own minds. Minsky's insights about the mind provide fresh perspectives on education and how children learn. This book collects for the first time six essays by Minsky on children, learning, and the potential of computers in school to enrich children's development. In these essays Minsky discusses the shortcomings of conventional education (particularly in mathematics) and considers alternative approaches; reflects on the role of mentors; describes higher-level strategies for thinking across domains; and suggests projects for children to pursue. Each essay is paired with commentary by one of Minsky's former colleagues or students, which identifies Minsky's key ideas and connects his writings to current research. Minsky once observed that in traditional teaching, "instead of promoting inventiveness, we focus on preventing mistakes." These essays offer Minsky's unique insights into how education can foster inventiveness. Commentary by Hal Abelson, Walter Bender, Alan Kay, Margaret Minsky, Brian Silverman, Gary Stager, Mike Travers, Patrick Henry Winston


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Six essays by artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky on how education can foster inventiveness, paired with commentary by Minsky's former colleagues and students. Marvin Minsky was a pioneering researcher in artificial intelligence whose work led to both theoretical and practical advances. His work was motivated not only by technological advancement but also by the d Six essays by artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky on how education can foster inventiveness, paired with commentary by Minsky's former colleagues and students. Marvin Minsky was a pioneering researcher in artificial intelligence whose work led to both theoretical and practical advances. His work was motivated not only by technological advancement but also by the desire to understand the workings of our own minds. Minsky's insights about the mind provide fresh perspectives on education and how children learn. This book collects for the first time six essays by Minsky on children, learning, and the potential of computers in school to enrich children's development. In these essays Minsky discusses the shortcomings of conventional education (particularly in mathematics) and considers alternative approaches; reflects on the role of mentors; describes higher-level strategies for thinking across domains; and suggests projects for children to pursue. Each essay is paired with commentary by one of Minsky's former colleagues or students, which identifies Minsky's key ideas and connects his writings to current research. Minsky once observed that in traditional teaching, "instead of promoting inventiveness, we focus on preventing mistakes." These essays offer Minsky's unique insights into how education can foster inventiveness. Commentary by Hal Abelson, Walter Bender, Alan Kay, Margaret Minsky, Brian Silverman, Gary Stager, Mike Travers, Patrick Henry Winston

53 review for Inventive Minds: Marvin Minsky on Education

  1. 4 out of 5

    Billy Young

    It's contagious seeing Minsky think and write about topics in education with such optimism. His six essays cover topics ranging from learning by doing, to building mental models and cognitive maps, to school structure. But one of the clear themes present throughout this collection is his joy in empowering people - especially children - to learn and build their own models of the world, thinking, and thinking about thinking. It's contagious seeing Minsky think and write about topics in education with such optimism. His six essays cover topics ranging from learning by doing, to building mental models and cognitive maps, to school structure. But one of the clear themes present throughout this collection is his joy in empowering people - especially children - to learn and build their own models of the world, thinking, and thinking about thinking.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I’m still thinking about Minsky’s idea of the potential creativity that exists in an endless stock of Tinker-toys and what that means in the English classroom. Each essay has given me something important to consider about my teaching and my own continuing education.

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    Mehmet Yildiz

    Fascinating from all aspects.

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    Manzur

    Small and enjoyable read from Marvin Minsky. It's a collection of essays written for OLPC project. There are parts related computer-aided education and parts challenging existing education system. Book contains interesting ideas on how to improve existing education. I am not sure how well those will work in practice, however I have noticed after myself nodding and virtually shaking hands of the author. Small and enjoyable read from Marvin Minsky. It's a collection of essays written for OLPC project. There are parts related computer-aided education and parts challenging existing education system. Book contains interesting ideas on how to improve existing education. I am not sure how well those will work in practice, however I have noticed after myself nodding and virtually shaking hands of the author.

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